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Blackouts showed Internet's weak spots

The summer’s blackouts were widely thought not to have affected the Internet, but new research has highlighted weak spots in the infrastructure. The Internet was far more seriously affected than previously thought by the blackouts that swept Europe and North America this summer, and without more investment in backup power it is in no shape to supersede the telephone network for primary communications. According to a new report by data analysis firm Renesys, while the very largest provider networks (the Internet backbones) were apparently unaffected by the blackout in North America, many thousands of significant networks and millions of individual Internet users were offline for hours or days. Banks, investment funds, business services, manufacturers, hospitals, educational institutions, ISPs, and government units were among the affected organisations, says the research. Full Story

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